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Mixee Labs and Amazon Team Up to Launch Personalizable Products on Amazon

Mixee Labs and Amazon have teamed up to bring interactivity to Amazon’s 3D Printing Store. For the first time, Amazon is embedding an online widget—a personalization app for your desktop browser—to enables customers to make unique, 3d printed products.

Amazon's widget for personalized Mixee Labs bobble headsOur Bobble Heads being personalized on Amazon’s page

We’re excited that Amazon is venturing more into 3d printing and enabling customers to not just buy, but to create and remix Mixee Labs’ products. That’s at the core of what 3d printing is about—empowering people to create.

Here are some of Mixee Labs products available to personalize on Amazon.

Miniature Swords designed by Michael Inglis Create over 1.5 million different combinations. Choose from blades, handles, guards, and pommels. These swords are sized to fit snuggly in the hands of standard LEGO Minifigs, but they are not in any way made or endorsed by the LEGO company.

Quark Jewelry designed by Stijn van der Linden (Virtox) Create your own jewelry inspired by the intricate movements of subatomic particles

Vase Topper designed by Peter Albertz Reuse old jars and glasses and transform them into beautiful, custom vases

Slim Wallet designed by Nxt3d Under a centimeter thin, these wallets are perfect for those on the go

Dog Bone Tag designed by Michael Mueller (Pookas) Create your own mini bobbling doppleganger

Customized Bobble Head by Mixee Labs

You can visit Amazon’s 3D Printing Store to find other 3D printed products.

We are excited that Amazon is diving more into 3D printing, and what this can mean for the future of 3D printing and the future of retail.

Nancy vs. Overhangs, Round 2 

A while back, I printed a chair. This chair was not really designed for desktop printing since there were a lot of crazy overhangs—areas that needs support material. Anybody with a desktop printer knows that removing support material is no fun. No fun at all


While browsing the r/3dprinting the other day, I stumbled across people discussing a slicing software called Simplify3D. Its users clearly loved the software. Things that raised my eyebrows:

  • It slices very fast. This can save time if you need to make iterations.
  • You have control over how to print specific parts of your model, and whether to add supports for specific parts of your model.
  • It contains some rudimentary file fixing so you don’t need to carefully unify all your intersecting meshes.
  • The support structures were rumored to come off quite easily.

The downside (there’s always a downside) is that the software costs $140. But given all the trouble I had with slicing and support removal, I decided to give it a go. 

I was not disappointed. 

The supports were so easily removed. I just gave it a slight tug and the whole thing unravels. It’s like pulling yarn! 


Unfortunately, I still managed to snap off the itty bitty legs of this chair. The support material you see in the photo above actually supports both the underside and the handles of the chair. So pulling it applied too much pressure on the bottom legs. 

This is where my favorite feature of Simplify3D comes in to save the day! I can select exactly where I want support material. So I repositioned the support and basically told the printer to generate separate support for the bottom seat cushion part, and separate support for the arm rests.




The support was so lightly touching the bottom of the seat cushion that I was able to separate the chair for the block of support material when removing the chair from the printbed!


But now the real test! How to remove support from the armrests while keeping those itty bitty legs in tact. 


I had to be careful, but it was actually quite easy to to. As you can see, the support just peeled right off. I didn’t even have to use an Xacto knife. 

And the final results…



What’s next?

I printed this using 0.2mm resolution, which is a bit on the rough side for something this small. You can see the steps on the arm rests pretty clearly. When I have some more time, I think I’m going to try this print at 0.1mm resolution and see how that improves the final print. I hear there’s an option to print the outer layer at one resolution, and the inner infills at another resolution. That way you get the smoothness on the outside without increasing your print time so much. 

I look forward to keep trying different things with my new printer and slicer. Keep you posted!

This is one of our first 3d prints with the Tinkerines Ditto+ printer. 

For modeling this guy, we drew up this chair quick with our (unreleased) modeling web app, the Mixee Popper. We basically extruded various cross sections. You can try it out yourself at: 

Peeling off the supports, this step was easier than I imagined. The supports did peel off. The hard part was navigating the nooks and crannies of the model. You can see that the little legs broke, so I had to glue and leave it to rest overnight.

The next morning, the glue settled and the chair was ready for use! Well, for use by Lego Minifigs anyway. 

Introducing 3D Printed Bobble Heads

Today, we are launching Mixee Bobblers, a fully 3d printed custom Bobble Head. Even the spring is 3d printed! They are $25 each, and stand 2.5 inches (6.5 cm) tall. 

You can choose from a variety of hairstyles, facial expressions, and clothing designs. You can even upload your own custom graphics. If you can make a Wii Mii avatar, you can make your own bobble head of you, your friends and family. 

The figurine is made with 3d printed sandstone. The spring is made with 3d printed nylon plastic.

The bobble heads will come in three pieces: head, spring, and body. However, there is no need for extra tools to assemble. Just insert the spring into the head and body. Gravity will hold everything in place!

Mixee Bobbler Action Shots

Here we have Mixee Labs Co Founder Nancy and Nancy Bobbler.


Close up..


Mixee Bobblers with a quarter for size reference


And of course, the obligatory puppy shot…


What do you think? Check out Mixee Bobblers and give it a whirl. Start creating..

Hmm.. edible Mixee Mes? Om nom nom!


These beautiful geometric objects are 3D-printed sugar sculptures and they’re some of the prettiest pieces of candy we’ve ever seen. They were made by 3D Systems and The Sugar Lab. The latter is a micro-design firm created by Liz and Kyle von Hasseln, a husband and wife team dedicated to the awesome craft of creating bespoke, 3D-printed edible confections.

‘The overlap of technology, food and art is so rich, and the potential for customization and innovation is limitless,’ said Liz von Hasseln, cofounder of The Sugar Lab. Existing commercial applications for printable sugar include complex sculptural cakes for weddings and special events that are made possible only with 3D printing, and customizable confections for bake shops and restaurants. continued von Hasseln, ‘We see our technology quickly evolving into a variety of flavors and foods, powered by real food printers for professionals and consumers alike and we could not think of a more qualified partner than 3D systems to help make that a reality.’

3D Systems and The Sugar Lab introduced two food printing appliances at CES 2014, the ChefJet and the ChefJet Pro:

The ChefJet will deliver single-color prints; while the more advanced ChefJet Pro will dispatch full color prints. Both can produce either sugar or milk chocolate confections, in different flavors that include cherry, mint and sour apple, and will be available to the market later this year.

Click here to watch a demo of the ChefJet™ at CES 2014

[via designboom]